ISO: a Midwest city for the next BeerAdvocate fest

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. evanlamarr88

    evanlamarr88 Initiate (33) May 9, 2018 Florida

    Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/West Palm Beach please. Thanks.
  2. schoon

    schoon Aspirant (257) Dec 12, 2010 Iowa

    Des Moines, Iowa. Please
  3. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,778) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Des Moines, we have El Bait shop, over 250beers on tap, Iowa taproom, over 150 all Iowa beers and several outstanding breweries. It’s also not a city that most people know anything about beer wise and would be a great destination for a beer weekend.
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  4. Milktoast75

    Milktoast75 Devotee (429) Oct 27, 2012 Wisconsin

    Madison, WI.
    Does it have a beer scene?
    With a nickname of Madtown, what do you think?
    Huge local and regional beer scene with very knowledgeable base of support.
    Madison as well as the State have a very progressive Convention/ Tourism Departments.
    The door is open . . .
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  5. jdhops

    jdhops Initiate (130) Dec 30, 2011 Tennessee

    I've sampled the beer scenes in most of the nominated cities. Can't speak to all the criteria, but for cheap flights and accommodations, easy accessibility, and emerging local brew culture, my vote would go to Minneapolis or Columbus, followed by Milwaukee.
  6. Rajaholick

    Rajaholick Initiate (158) Jan 9, 2011 Minnesota

    Minneapolis/Saint Paul! Two cities for the price of one convention.
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  7. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (2,459) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Columbus for sure!
  8. joestanhope

    joestanhope Initiate (31) Jun 4, 2016 Illinois

    Chicago would be great, but Cincinnati also (esp if later summer maybe around the W&S Open tennis tournament?), or as a dark horse Champaign IL
  9. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,058) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    Yeah. Not too many outside of your state recommendations. Suppose everyone would enjoy having it close to them.

    I actually live about an hour and a half from Columbus, but thought it was a good geographical choice. If I had to pick a favorite city to host I would say Chicago or Louisville, but food and whiskey come into play because the craft beer scene is questionable in thr later.
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  10. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (7,549) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Indy, St. Louis, or Chicago. I'm partial to Indy since it's my old stompin' grounds and I can visit my parents in the same trip. :zipper_mouth::relaxed:
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  11. Bshaw22

    Bshaw22 Crusader (789) Aug 29, 2013 Wisconsin

    2nd this.
    Growing city. Up and coming.
    New street car...
  12. DanielAron

    DanielAron Devotee (445) May 15, 2005 Illinois

    Definitely Chicago. Greatest beer scene in the Midwest right now!
  13. stephensinner

    stephensinner Crusader (710) Oct 25, 2008 Missouri

    Saint Louis ... it would be epic!!!
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  14. linnymtu

    linnymtu Zealot (578) Apr 2, 2010 Michigan

    Ann Arbor! Growing beer scene (HOMES is great). College town, and can host 100,000 people for a football game, 1500 is nothing!
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  15. OakvilleKGB

    OakvilleKGB Initiate (100) Dec 3, 2015 Missouri

    Saint Louis, MO
  16. PrideofCleveland

    PrideofCleveland Initiate (43) Jan 30, 2018 Ohio

  17. PrideofCleveland

    PrideofCleveland Initiate (43) Jan 30, 2018 Ohio

    Cleveland has the fastest growing and most established beer scene, not to mention its deep historical roots to brewing, abundant tourist sites, and sports teams. Great Lakes, Platform, Goldhorn, and many many others!
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  18. cheeseheadinMinneapolis

    cheeseheadinMinneapolis Zealot (511) Sep 20, 2017 Minnesota

    Hurley WI.............just kidding
    Minneapolis for real
  19. SteveForSuds

    SteveForSuds Initiate (80) Sep 30, 2012 Indiana

    I would say Indy and I do not even live there now. But did for fifty plus years. They have almost 50 craft breweries inside the city limits. The outskirts contain dozens and dozens more. It is jammin' there when it comes to beer. Sun King is the Big Dog. Flat 12 Bierworks, Black Acre, tons more. Plus they can handle NCAA tourneys and Super Bowls. This is a piece of cake. Or something like that. Or it is a mini keg.
  20. Ed_Needham

    Ed_Needham Initiate (21) May 9, 2017 Kentucky

    Several good places for a beer festival in the Louisville Kentucky area, including New Albany across the river in Indiana. Louisville has numerous up-and-coming breweries, including Against the Grain, Akasha, New Albany in Brewing Company, and many more. It has a great beer history and culture, as well as great music, great food, the beautiful Ohio River. Come and check us out. I'll be your host!
  21. flat_lander

    flat_lander Crusader (729) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Chicago. Honarary mentions go to Milwaukee and St. Louis. I don't think you can lose with one of these.
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  22. groovy24

    groovy24 Aspirant (201) Jul 13, 2007 Wisconsin

    Madison during craft beer week.
  23. 3Caballero

    3Caballero Disciple (323) Apr 5, 2013 Indiana

    Grand Rapids. Weather in spring is fantastic, so many new and exciting places to eat and drink downtown and elsewhere, thriving music scene. And it's Beer City!
  24. Water_Ratz

    Water_Ratz Initiate (30) Sep 28, 2018 Michigan

    Grand Rapids Michigan!
  25. Bosko14

    Bosko14 Initiate (15) Sep 7, 2018 Wisconsin

    Milwaukee, traditional beer city that for a time, didnt have that many craft breweries. That's changed recently, along with the changing downtown entertainment district and updates to transportation within the city. Additionally, Milwaukee is known as the city of festivals, but the first ones usually don't start until late May.
  26. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,081) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    You talking about Cow Town, just near Xenia? Nah, Columbus around campus reminds me of Chapel Hill and I love it!
  27. strumble

    strumble Initiate (189) Oct 1, 2016 Michigan

    Grand Rapids is an amazing beer mecca. Detroit would also be a nice choice.
  28. vmazyk

    vmazyk Initiate (18) Oct 10, 2018 Virginia

    Chicago or Milwaukee
  29. hophead13

    hophead13 Initiate (33) Nov 12, 2012 Florida

    CLEVELAND/AKRON.....Numerous great breweries for attendees to also visit, easy to navigate (i.e. no Chicago traffic) and plenty of hotels and restaurants at reasonable prices. Standout breweries: Great Lakes, Fatheads, Hoppin Frog, Thirsty Dog. Cincinnati would also be good.
  30. mayorQuimby

    mayorQuimby Devotee (467) Jun 5, 2009 Tennessee
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    Isn't the Upland sourfest in downtown Indy during spring, or is that no longer a thing? That is/was a pretty big beer fest.
  31. JustineJellyBean

    JustineJellyBean Initiate (15) Dec 25, 2017 Indiana

    South Bend/Granger IN
  32. Vason

    Vason Initiate (123) Feb 19, 2008 Ohio

    I'm going to be the weirdo from Ohio and suggest not CBus or Cleveland, and instead suggest Akron.

    New, generally solid, breweries have been popping up every year in Summit County, and our craft beer scene has been on a steady rise for quite a while.
  33. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,747) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    So, based on the BA Forums definition are we only supposed to consider spots in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, or South Dakota? :wink::grin:
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  34. kyleryan

    kyleryan Initiate (193) Mar 7, 2015 Missouri

    Kansas City
  35. mayorQuimby

    mayorQuimby Devotee (467) Jun 5, 2009 Tennessee
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    I know we're straddling the line re: "midwest," but having been here for a year now, NASHVILLE is a slam dunk choice.

    It's the "it" city in the country right now. Just hosted the Craft Brewer's Conference (CBC) in June, which was a huge success and spawned a ton of fabulous events all over town. Brand new convention center in heart of downtown, growing craft beer scene with two nationally recognized brands thus far (Southern Grist and Bearded Iris), and a ton of "also ran's," ridiculous food scene, and beyond a fest, it is in general, a destination city, so easy to convince your significant other to come along for more than a beer fest. Weather in spring is guaranteed to be fabulous. And, even better proximity to massive population centers than most or all of the cities getting praise here...8-9 hrs drive nets you Chicago, Charleston, Louisville, Atlanta, Tampa, Charlotte, Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St Louis, Cincinnati, KC, Birmingham, Indy, Detroit, with most of these being inside of 5 hours, and that is just the list off the top of my head. brainer.
  36. JohnnyChicago

    JohnnyChicago Champion (808) Sep 3, 2010 Illinois

    The obvious answer is Chicago, of course...

    So see you all next spring in Rosemont!:stuck_out_tongue:
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  37. bluesman766

    bluesman766 Initiate (66) Oct 27, 2010 Illinois

  38. Sorithin

    Sorithin Initiate (49) Jan 7, 2016 Ohio

  39. MikeDalrymple

    MikeDalrymple Initiate (65) Sep 20, 2015 Michigan

    Grand Rapids Michigan
  40. MikeP64

    MikeP64 Initiate (173) Jan 24, 2015 South Carolina

    OK I'll cast the last vote and it's decided....MILWAUKEE!